In August of 2012 I had C3-C7 fused. In March of 2013 I fell and landed on my head. I was sore, but not bad so I didn't think to go to the doctor's office. It is now June 27, 2013 and I've had an X-ray and CT Scan and it shows that C6-C7 is broken. I must have broken it in the fall. My neurosurgeon doesn't believe in cutting for every little problem. He believes in more holistic methods of fixing an issue rather than going straight for surgery, which is why I trust his judgment. He wants me to wear a bone growth stimulator along with a hard collar with hope that this will heal the break. My pain level (at any given time) is between a 6-10 so I am constantly on Percocet and because I'm on Percocet you can add Senokot to that list of medications. Everything I do (standing, sitting, laying down) all hurt too much after a while.
Has anyone ever used the bone growth stimulator on their neck and had success? Has anyone used a collar and had success? Should I just demand surgery and have the cadaver bone replaced with new cadaver bone and a new metal plate? Your answers will be a comfort to me. The answers will help me work with my neurosurgeon and get the help I need now. I can't stand the pain anymore. Depression is setting in.